Tere O’Connor is the Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance and a Center for Advanced Studies Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana where he resides for three months of the year. He has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, and White Oak Dance Project, and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three “BESSIES”, New York Dance and Performance Awards. In October 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. O’Connor is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities. An articulate and provocative educator, O’Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 25 years.His most recent work, “Long Run” received its world premiere at Bard College in October 2017 and had its New York City premiere at NYU Skirball Theater. Long Run has toured since 2017 and will enjoy its final performances when it returns to NYC at the Baryshnikov Art Center in October 2020.